Monday, March 27, 2017

Amish Series - Yummasetti

Yummasetti is a very traditional Amish dish, and it’s easy to see why the Amish love it. It is delicious! Think macaroni and cheese on steroids.

6 or 7 slices white bread (I used leftover hamburger buns)
1/8 to 1/4 cup butter to spread, 1/4 cup butter to toss
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (12-ounce) package noodles, cooked and drained (I used elbow macaroni. They are best if cooked al dente.)
1 cup fresh or frozen peas
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/2 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 soup cans of water
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Spread butter on the bread slices and toast bread under a broiler until golden brown. Cut into small cubes. Melt the remaining ¼ cup butter in a medium bowl and toss in the bread cubes until they are well coated. Set aside.

Sprinkle the ground beef with salt and fry the ground beef and onion in a skillet over medium heat for about 15 minutes until browned.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Butter a 2-quart casserole dish. Layer the noodles, ground beef and onion, and peas in the dish. In a small bowl, combine the two soups with the water. Mix well. Pour the soup mixture evenly over the layers. Drop the sour cream by teaspoonfuls evenly over the mixture.

Sprinkle the bread cubes on top. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and sprinkle with the cheese. Return to the oven and bake uncovered for 10 minutes. Serve hot.
Serves 4-6

Jennifer Beckstrand is the award winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of
Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in list of top ten inspirational books for 2014. Her much-anticipated Amish series, The Honeybee Sisters, was released summer of 2016 and has created a lot of romantic buzz. Sweet as Honey received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and Sweet as Honey and A Bee in her Bonnet were both awarded Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’ aendi Bitsy. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-two years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and four adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

For more information about Jennifer, check her Web site.  

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos

Welcome, I made this recipe for a Papa and Nana night so it's good for a crowd.

Easy Oven Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos
1 tablespoon of olive oil.
2 1/2 cups cooked chicken, shredded.
1 (1 ounce) packed Hot & Spicy Taco Seasoning.
1 Onion diced.
4 Roma Tomatoes diced (3 cups).
1/2 cup Jalapenos (optional)
20 Stand and stuff taco shells.
1 (16 ounce) Refried Beans (lowfat)
8 oz Mexican Blend Cheese, Shredded low fat.

Toppings such as jalapenos, sour cream, salsa, chopped cilantro, shredded lettuce or whatever you love.

Preheat oven to 400F. Spray baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside. Over olive oil on medium heat add onion until translucent. Stir in Chicken, seasoning, tomatoes, and everything but beans and cheese and simmer for 5-8 minutes.

Arrange shells in pan and line the bottoms with refried beans. Then add the rest of the mixture and generously top with cheese.

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cheese is fully melted.

Top with sour cream, salsa or however you want and ENJOY!

Monday, March 6, 2017

RE-POST - Irish month Dinner

Two recipes today. Traditional Irish Sheppard's pie with an spicy twist. And also Boxty's with Bacon and Scallions.

Sheppard's Pie.
This really is two recipes in one. For the Christmas party I made two cake pans, one mild for the kids and one spicy for the adults. So in the recipe anything marked as optional is what went into the spicy pan. The amounts depend on how much you are making. AND also, some people like more veggies and some people want it more meaty. So take the ingredients and measure to your taste. Also, the meat can be anything ground from beef, sausage, bison, to lamb.
Ground Beef
Ground Sausage - spicy (optional)
Cook together and crumble into small pieces with spatula.
Roasted Peppers pealed and chopped (optional)
Chili powder (optional)
Carrots - sliced.
Onions - chopped.
Garlic - chopped.
Peas - frozen.
Corn - frozen.
Chicken or beef broth
Guinness Extra stout (Optional in place of broth)
Splash of red wine (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Potatoes cute into cubes boiled and mashed. Add cream, ranch dressing (optional), butter, and white cheddar (Dubliner optional)
Mix the veggies and meat together, spread into a pan and then spoon the potatoes over the top and smooth until it's even. Sprinkle some of the cheese on top and bake at 400 for 20 - 30 minutes.

Boxty with Bacon and Shallots.
2-3 potatoes skinned, cut into cubes and boiled for mashed potatoes. Add butter and cream to make them creamy. Put into a bowl and set aside.
3-4 strips bacon, cook while potatoes are cooking. Once done, let cool and then crumble into small pieces. Add to the bowl.
2-3 Yukon potatoes skinned (less waxy) then shred onto a clean towel. Once done, wrap in the towel and squeeze all the extra moisture out. Add to the bowl.
Scallions or green onions - 1 to 2 bunches. Cut and chop all of white and part of the light green. Add to the bowl
Add a bit of butter and cream to the bowl and mix thoroughly. Roll into balls about 2 inches in diameter and then mash into a round patty. Heat oil and fry for two to three minutes until done, or bake in the oven at 350 degrees until cooked through--about 30 to 40 minutes. Then broil to crisp on each side.